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By JOHN C. BERSIA | December 29, 2005
ORLANDO, FLA. -- Now that Iraqis have turned out in droves for a seemingly fair vote to establish a legislature, the situation begs for strategic clarity. After all, the self-restraint that insurgents practiced during the election will pass. If Iraq is to have a chance for sanity and calm, the global community will need to muster much more gumption. I would like to see President Bush and other leaders who talk about security and stability in Iraq go big in terms of their plans to help that country.
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October 12, 2014
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has criticized President Barack Obama as a person who often "avoids the battle" and says Mr. Obama's efforts have been to "steer the country away from costly and ineffective wars. " I say thank God for a return to sanity. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a war hero, commanding general and former president of the United States, warned us more than 60 years ago to beware the danger of the military industrial complex. In 1985, Richard Barnet, founder of the Institute for Policy Studies, remarked that "though the U.S came out of WWII the most powerful nation on earth, perhaps, briefly, the paramount nation of all times, it has not won a decisive military victory since 1945 despite trillions spent on the military and the frequent engagement of its forces.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Staff Writer | August 14, 1992
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council authorized military force yesterday to ensure delivery of humanitarian aid to the victims of unrelentingly vicious fighting in the former Yugoslavia.The move, adopted with China, India and Zimbabwe abstaining, called on "all states to take . . . all measures necessary" to deliver the aid in coordination with the United Nations.Spurred by horrifying accounts of suffering and death in detention camps, it was accompanied by broad condemnation of the practice of "ethnic cleansing," uprooting tens of thousands of Muslims and Croatians, and a second resolution launching a war-crimes investigation.
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By Jules Witcover | September 1, 2014
Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte last week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs' failures to deliver promised benefits to returning troops. To only mild applause, the president cited efforts to deal with the backup of claims at various VA facilities around the county, a beefing up of mental illness care, access to more non-VA doctors, greater efforts to reduce veterans' homelessness and easing transition to civilian life.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 4, 1998
WASHINGTON -- The United States announced yesterday that NATO has approved plans for the use of military force in the Kosovo crisis.The announcement was intended to push President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia to end the offensive against ethnic Albanians in the Serbian province of Kosovo."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | December 17, 1998
LONDON -- Authorizing the use of his military forces, British Prime Minister Tony Blair backed the United States in launching air attacks on Iraq last night.Calling Saddam Hussein "a serial breaker of promises," Blair laid blame for the attack on the Iraqi leader, who he said reneged on international agreements made at the end of the Persian Gulf war."There is no realistic alternative to military force," a grim-faced Blair said as he stood outside his 10 Downing Street residence and announced the start of Operation Desert Fox."
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 16, 2001
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Barbara Lee did not come easily to the decision that made her the lone member of either the House or Senate to oppose President Bush's plan to use military force in retaliation for last week's terrorist attacks. The California Democrat tearfully told her colleagues Friday night that she shared their anger at the calculated murder of thousands of innocent civilians. Like them, she said, she was filled with sorrow for the victims and their loved ones. "Only the most foolish and the most callous would not understand the grief that has really gripped our people and millions across the world," Lee said during debate on the resolution endorsing sweeping powers for the president to strike back.
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By Jules Witcover | September 1, 2014
Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte last week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs' failures to deliver promised benefits to returning troops. To only mild applause, the president cited efforts to deal with the backup of claims at various VA facilities around the county, a beefing up of mental illness care, access to more non-VA doctors, greater efforts to reduce veterans' homelessness and easing transition to civilian life.
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October 26, 2011
Regarding your article "Obama: Troops out of Iraq by Dec 31, 2011" (Oct. ), it shows of poor judgment on President Obama's part to make such a decision when it could be interpreted as a political campaign ploy for the 2012 election. I think the U.S. should maintain a standing military force in Iraq just as we did - and still do - in Japan, Germany and South Korea to assure those peoples of our support for their democracies. A permanent military presence would also help prevent another civil war in Iraq and counter the influence of Iran, al-Qaida and the Taliban.
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May 29, 2013
Your recent article on U.S. relations with Iran highlights the sensible advice given by former American ambassador Ryan Crocker, who is part of the Iran Project ("Ex-ambassador: Soften approach toward Iran," May 27). This group includes three dozen respected former foreign policy and intelligence veterans who have called for less pressure and more diplomacy with Iran. Hopefully, President Obama will listen to Mr. Crocker and his associates and have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its lackeys in Congress, whose real goal in Iran is regime change through military force.
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By Jules Witcover | August 29, 2014
President Obama, in his determination to get American foreign policy off what he has called "a perpetual war footing," must take care now not to box himself in with any more comments about "red lines" that restrict his options. As he appraises the growing threats to U.S. security from the Islamic State, the jihadist group that has taken over much of Syria and Iraq, he must make clear his continuing prerogative to take military action in legitimate self-defense. That remains so despite his repeated statements, made as if to ease fears at home and abroad, that there is "no military solution" to the crises in Iraq andUkraine.
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June 25, 2014
In a little-heralded announcement earlier this week, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons declared that the Syrian government of Bashar Assad had handed over the last 1,300 tons of its declared chemical weapons stockpile to international inspectors. News reports indicate the Syrian stocks of nerve gas and other chemical agents were loaded aboard U.S. ships that will transport them out to sea where they will be destroyed. At a time when the world's attention has been focused on the escalating sectarian conflict spilling across Syria's border into Iraq, the news was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise grim situation.
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June 1, 2014
Republicans in Congress lost no time in condemning President Obama's commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point last week as further proof of his weakness and vacillation in confronting America's foes. But in fact, Mr. Obama's talk was a reasoned argument for restraint when it comes to how American economic, diplomatic and military power should be employed to advance our interests in a rapidly changing, complex world. The GOP may claim it has a better idea, but we have yet to hear it. If there was an overarching theme to the president's talk it was that America must be prepared to meet the challenges confronting it through a variety of means, with military force being only one of them - a position he neatly summed up when he told the cadets "just because we've got the best hammer in the world doesn't mean every problem is a nail.
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By Jules Witcover | May 2, 2014
Why President Obama was off in the Asian Pacific while Russia was stirring up trouble in eastern Ukraine has caused critics to question his foreign policy priorities, not to mention his resolve. At one point he was asked what was "the guiding principle" of the Obama Doctrine. After arguing that American relations with Asian countries "have never been stronger," the president challenged those who have outspokenly questioned, as he put it, "the failure to use military force. " Indeed, he has specifically declared there is "no military solution" to the Ukraine crisis, causing some to doubt his toughness.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Two days after he was in New York to accept the NFL's Salute to Service Award, Ravens coach John Harbaugh embarked on another trip to honor the U.S. military. Harbaugh this week has joined Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, on a trip to the Middle East to visit American troops in Turkey and Afghanistan. Since becoming the Ravens' coach, Harbaugh has developed a close relationship with Odierno, who has attended the team's practices and who presented Harbaugh with an Outstanding Civilian Service Award in 2012.
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September 23, 2013
Jonah Goldberg's muddled perspective ( "Obama's blunder has handed Assad a huge victory," Sept. 18) on the administration's action regarding the Bashar Assad regime's use of chemical weapons is more reflective of his political views than the reality of the situation. Apparently, because America has not yet taken military action Mr. Goldberg throws up his hands and declares that President Barack Obama is "blundering," has no policy toward Syria and "handed Assad a huge victory.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The only Republican member of Maryland's congressional delegation -- and the only veteran -- said Tuesday he currently does not support U.S. military intervention in Syria. "The decision to engage militarily is one of the most serious a member of Congress can make, and, although at this point I would not vote for military intervention, I plan to examine all of the evidence before making a decision," Rep. Andy Harris of Baltimore County said in a statement. The statement came hours after GOP leaders in the House of Representatives, including Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, said they would support a resolution to use force in Syria.
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March 10, 2012
For op-ed writer Robert O. Freedman, it's not a question of if Israel is to launch an attack on Iran, but when ("Is reelection driving Obama's Israel policy?" March 7). I am tired of the hawks' view that every Middle Eastern episode of tension can be solved by military force. True, Iran has said it would "wipe Israel off the map. " But this talk - absurd on the face of it - sounds like the posturing of a street corner punk. Iran surely knows that any attack on Israel would be suicidal because Israel could strike back with overwhelming military force, and perhaps with nuclear weapons.
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By Peter Morici | September 4, 2013
President Barack Obama's vacillation on Syria - first delaying military action and then booting the decision to Congress - poses grave threats to U.S. prosperity. Imminent military action, especially in the Middle East, instigates fears of shortages and creates panic in oil markets. Two years ago, oil prices jumped to more than $110 in anticipation of the U.S. action in Libya but then subsided when the worst did not happen to oil supplies. With mounting evidence that Syria used chemical weapons, oil prices again jumped, and a prolonged debate in Congress could push gasoline above $4. That would dent Detroit's resurgent auto sales, shelve investment decisions across manufacturing and weigh on already flagging new home sales.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The only Republican member of Maryland's congressional delegation -- and the only veteran -- said Tuesday he currently does not support U.S. military intervention in Syria. "The decision to engage militarily is one of the most serious a member of Congress can make, and, although at this point I would not vote for military intervention, I plan to examine all of the evidence before making a decision," Rep. Andy Harris of Baltimore County said in a statement. The statement came hours after GOP leaders in the House of Representatives, including Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, said they would support a resolution to use force in Syria.
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